Should the New York Giants offer Wayne Gallman a contract extension?

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants are going to have several difficult decisions to make this upcoming off-season, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. With Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Logan Ryan, all heisting free agency, retaining all of them will be extremely difficult.

However, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has done a phenomenal job utilizing lesser talent to fill gaps and mask deficiencies. On offense, things haven’t been so lucky, as Jason Garrett has failed to average over 20 points per game this season, scoring just seven against the Arizona Cardinals in week 14.

The New York Giants have finally realized one player’s potential:

One player has been fantastic for the Giants this season on offense, and his name is Wayne Gallman. In his fourth season in the NFL, Gallman is receiving his first true opportunity to be a workhorse running back.

He has started seven games this season, hovering around 50% of offensive snaps on a weekly basis. He is a fantastic north-south runner, averaging a career-high 10.1 rushing attempts per game. He’s also enjoyed 4.6 yards per attempt, another career-high. In the past, Gallman had struggled with fumbles, specifically in his rookie season when he fumbled three times over 111 rushes.

This season, he has rushed 121 times and held onto the ball efficiently, scoring six touchdowns and 561 yards gained. When Devonta Freeman went down with an injury in week 7, most believed that the Giants’ running game wouldn’t be able to recover, but Gallman propelled them to four consecutive games with 140+ rushing yards. This past weekend against Arizona was the first game in nearly 8 weeks that the Giants hadn’t reached 100 yards on the ground.

According to PFF, Gallman has been fantastic and one specific category the past two weeks, yards after contact. He’s averaged nearly six yards after initial contact, which attests to his ability to fall forward and churn out yardage.

He has also enjoyed back-to-back season-high grades in rushing, earning a long of 60 yards against Seattle in week 13. Overall, he seems to be a valuable asset for the offense and a fantastic supplement to Saquon Barkley, who tore his ACL in week two against the Chicago Bears.

Of course, when Barkley returns, he will take back starting reps, but Gallman can be a solid complementary option that helps in the running game and opens up things for Barkley in the passing game.

He shouldn’t be overly expensive on the market, meaning the Giants could likely keep him on a two-year contract worth $2 million per season at max. Alternatively, the Giants could allocate a later-round draft-pick toward a complementary back instead of investing even more money into a position that is seemingly less important in the modern-day NFL.

The New York Giants shouldn’t run the offense through Daniel Jones in week 14

Daniel Jones, Wayne Gallman

What the New York Giants did to the Seattle Seahawks’ run defense in week 13 was simply impressive. They ran for 190 yards on the ground without quarterback Daniel Jones. The offensive line has been fantastic the past few weeks, earning four consecutive games of 140+ rushing yards per contest.

Starting back Wayne Gallman ran for 135 yards and 16 carries, averaging 8.4 with a long at 60. It was his best performance since entering the NFL four years ago. His north-south style of running and ability to fall forward has helped the Giants gain extra yardage and close the gap for first down conversions. The Giants will be looking to do something similar against the Arizona Cardinals, who have a much weaker run defense.

Comparably, Seattle only allows 97.7 yards per game, and the Giants put up 190. Arizona allows 123 on average per game, which matches up well with a Giants’ strengths.

The New York Giants have found their answer in Wayne Gallman:

The evolvement of Gallman this season has been amazing, thanks to running backs coach Burton Burns. Some could argue that the running game is actually improved since Saquon Barkley went down, and while his explosive play-making ability is missed, the Giants have managed to get the job done at a very high-level with rookies plastered across the line and reserve running backs.

The notable rookies in this category have been Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, and Matt Peart. The development of Andrew Thomas has been a catalyst in the run game, as he’s earned solid grades the past two weeks. He had his best run-blocking game of the season against Seattle and hasn’t allowed a sack in five weeks.

Ever since making the change from Will Hernandez over to Shane Lemieux, the offensive line has improved their chemistry. Lemieux’s ability to trap block and move to the opposite side to open up strong side lanes has been a difference-maker. While Hernandez is known for his bullish style in blocking, he doesn’t have the same agility that Lemieux has, which makes a difference in the zone run-blocking scheme implemented by Jason Garrett.

Nonetheless, with Daniel Jones preparing to play against Arizona at less than 100%, we should expect them to utilize the run game predominantly and try to establish that factor. It will help them in time of possession and keep Jones from moving too much, which could re-aggregate his injury.

How the New York Giants should approach Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants did something special against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend, trouncing them 17-12 in an improbable victory. During the contest, the Giants racked up five sacks and 10 quarterback hits, season highs in both categories, showing off their unique ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

However, the way they did it was pure genius, orchestrated by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. The defense did things you will never see on film and other games, rushing four defenders, but all different positions.

At one point, I saw linebacker Tae Crowder, outside linebacker Carter Coughlin, interior defender Leonard Williams, and safety Xavier McKinney at the line of scrimmage. Often times, you will see a 3-4 or 4-3 base scheme, but Graham instituted one of the most diverse and unique game-plans seen in recent history.

In order to contain future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson, the Giants utilized spies to keep the pressure on at all times. Frequently, they would use twists and stunts on the defensive line to flush the interior to either side, opening up holes in the A-gap. This allowed players like Crowder and hovering safeties to blitz untouched and corral Wilson in the pocket. Even when Wilson escaped and rolled out to either side, they had spies locked up on the offensive tackles ready to spin off and make the play.

We saw this with Williams later on in the game, and Crowder flushed Wilson to the left side of the field, and Williams utilized a perfect spin move and caught the quarterback before he was able to round the edge.

Altogether, this was the perfect game plan against Seattle, and I expect to see plenty more of the same against the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray. Look at this as a dress rehearsal for Murray, who is one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the NFL and has similar traits to Wilson. He’s a shorter quarterback, so filling the throwing lanes and putting bodies in his face will force him to flush from the pocket.

That is exactly what the Giants want to do, force Kyler to run the ball and hope the outside spies can take him down in the backfield. Ultimately, it is impossible to diagnose who the spies and blitzers are when everybody is moving at the line of scrimmage.

The New York Giants had multiple units clicking, and expect to see more of the same:

The defense wasn’t the only unit that performed well, as the offensive line for the New York Giants looked great, shifting bodies in the run game and hitting their double-teams. The rotation of Shane Lemieux and Will Hernandez has worked well in the run game, allowing the Giants to enjoy four consecutive games with 140+ rushing yards.

Running back Wayne Gallman has found his groove, and I estimate the Giants will continue to look to him to lead their rushing attack. Considering Seattle ranked third in rushing yards allowed per game going into week 13, Arizona ranks 22nd, indicating a great matchup for Big Blue.

Nonetheless, we can expect several things, the Giants to implement spies on nearly every play to contain Murray and flush him out of the pocket, and the reliance on the run game to waste time off the clock and dominate in the trenches.

New York Giants: Wayne Gallman had season best performance in Seattle

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants lost a lot of their potential in the running game when Saquon Barkley went down early in the season with an injury that would take him out for the year. However, the situation hasn’t been hopeless and while the team previously struggled to move the ball on the ground at all, things have improved. The Seahawks game might be the best example of that improvement. Not only did they beat an 8-3 team while playing their backup quarterback, but the Giants saw one of their running backs have a career day.

That running back is Wayne Gallman, who previously has teetered between being in and out of the team’s plans. Before the start of the season, it was possible to question whether the Giants needed Gallman. Now, Gallman has rewarded their faith in keeping him around with his best rushing performance of the season.

Wayne Gallman’s career day against Seattle

That performance saw him rack up 16 carries, 135 yards, and 8.44 yards per carry. Those numbers are more than Giants running backs have typically been getting this season. For much of the season before Gallman stepped up his performances after all, Daniel Jones was the leading rusher. And that’s never a good sign. It’s easy to forget just how hopeless the rushing situation for the Giants seemed before things picked up.

Jason Garrett has gotten a lot of flak this season as an offensive coordinator, but despite any faults, it’s worth giving a lot of credit to Garrett and the offensive coaching staff in general for overseeing a turnaround in the middle of the season. Not every team is able to make these kinds of adjustments in a span of weeks.

It would have been easy to dismiss the rushing game this season and give up after Barkley was injured. But that isn’t what happened. And as Daniel Jones possibly comes back this week, we might just see a more multi faceted attack from the Giants involving both the ground game and the passing game making strides.

New York Giants: Record aside, Giants pose a difficult playoff matchup

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Despite a lackluster 4-7 record, the New York Giants are in first place in the NFC East and have the makings of a difficult matchup in the playoffs.

In a typical year, if the New York Giants were sitting with a record of 4-7 in December, they would likely be looking forward to the next season, with their playoff hopes seemingly dashed. However, this is 2020, and the 4-7 Giants sit atop the putrid NFC East and would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

The disappointing 4-7 record is a bit misleading, as the Giants have not been nearly as bad as their record would indicate. In their seven losses, the Giants have lost by an average of 7.86 points per game. When you take away the 36-9 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, the average drops to only 4.67 points per loss.
Of the seven losses that the Giants have suffered, six have been against teams with defenses currently ranked in the top 15 in the league, including the Steelers (#1), Rams (#4), Bears (#8), 49ers (#11), Eagles (#14), and Buccaneers (#15). Additionally, they have defeated the Redskins (#6) twice and the aforementioned Eagles. To say that the GMEN have faced a gauntlet of difficult defenses this season would be an understatement.

The Giants have some difficult defensive matchups remaining on the schedule with the Ravens (#3) and Cardinals (#13) still to come. The Giants’ offense has shown the ability to hang with the best defenses in the National Football League, which is something they will undoubtedly be tasked with again, should they make the playoffs.
Speaking of excellent defenses, the Giants boast a stout defense of their own.

Currently, Big Blue has the tenth-ranked defense in the National Football League. They have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards in the league and are currently 19th in the league in passing yards allowed. They are tied for 11th in sacks with 27, tied for 14th in interceptions with nine, and tied for third in forced fumbles with 9. This season, the Giants defense has shown the ability to come up with big plays, something that has been severely lacking in recent seasons.

The defensive line has been excellent against the run and has also shown the ability to get after the quarterback.  Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Jabaal Sheard, and B.J. Hill have outperformed expectations along the defensive line. Meanwhile, Leonard Williams has been extremely productive, recording a career-high six sacks already this season for the Giants.

The linebacker play has been better than expected as well. Offseason free-agent addition Blake Martinez is currently in consideration for the Defensive Player of the Year Award with 101 total tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The outside linebackers have done admirable after losing two of their top pash rushers, Lorenzo Carter (ruptured Achilles) and Oshane Ximinez (torn rotator cuff) to a season-ending injury and trading another in Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals. A combination of David Mayo, Kyler Fackrell, Tae Crowder, Carter Coughlin, Cam Brown, and Devante Downs have stepped up to fill the void of losing the top trio of outside linebackers.

The secondary for the Giants has been excellent as well. James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers, and Julian Love have become one of the more formidable secondaries in the league. The four of them have combined for six interceptions, four forced fumbles, and 33 pass deflections. Isaac Yiadom and Darnay Holmes have provided serviceable play as well in the secondary. The Giants received another boost to their defensive backfield last week, when their uber-talented second-round draft pick, Xavier McKinney, made his debut. As McKinney receives more reps and gets a more prominent role in the Giants secondary, this defensive backfield looks to be a major strength as the team heads into the final part of the regular season.

While the defense has been excellent for New York this season, the offense has struggled. Currently, they are ranked 30th overall in points scored, 28th in passing yards, and 29th in rushing yards. On the season, Big Blue has averaged a paltry 19.5 points per game. However, over the past seven weeks, the team has averaged a much more respectable 27.14 points per game.

A lot of the offensive struggles for the GMEN can be attributed to the fact that nine of the eleven teams that they have faced have featured defenses ranked in the top 15 in the league. Some of the offensive ineptitude is a direct result of injuries. Superstar running back Saquon Barkley was lost early in the second game of the season, and Sterling Shepard missed four weeks of action after being injured against the Bears in Week 2.

Perhaps the biggest hindrance to offensive production early on for the Giants was due to poor play from the offensive line. The lack of preseason games negatively impacted the early performance along Big Blue’s offensive line. Nick Gates had not received any game action at the center position after moving from the tackle spot. Draft picks Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart, and Shane Lemieux did not benefit from NFL game action prior to being inserted into the lineup. Cameron Fleming didn’t receive any reps with his new linemates after coming over via free agency from Dallas.

The initial results were indicative of an offensive line with a lot of new personnel, a new coach, and little to no experience playing next to one another. However, Big Blue’s offensive line has shown improvement over the past few weeks. The improvement in the offensive line has been apparent in the reduction of turnovers from Daniel Jones, as well as the ability of the offense to have a productive running game in recent weeks. Through the first nine games of the season, Daniel Jones had 14 turnovers (nine interceptions and five fumbles). In the past two weeks, Jones has not turned the ball over.

During the first five games of the season, the Giants averaged a pathetic 79 rushing yards per game and had only one game with over 100 yards (136 against the Rams). Over the past six games, the Giants have rushed for over 100 yards in every game and are averaging 142 rushing yards per game. If they can continue to rush at the clip they have over the past six games, their rushing attack would rank in the top five in the NFL. The GMEN seem to have found something in Wayne Gallman, who has rushed for 293 yards and six touchdowns over the past five games.

The passing attack for the GMEN has not been as good as it was in 2019 when they averaged 233.2 passing yards per game. Currently, they are averaging 200.5 yards per game on the season. However, they have averaged 216.16 passing yards per game over the past six contests, further evidence of improvement from the offensive line. The recent emergence of Evan Engram and the return of Sterling Shepard should help further the advancement of the Giants’ passing attack moving forward.

Another major asset for New York this season has been the addition of Graham Gano. After the team cut Aldrick Rosas following his arrest for a DUI, the kicking game for the Giants was thrown into disarray. The team would ultimately sign free agent Graham Gano who was released in July by the Carolina Panthers after he missed the final four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season due to a leg injury. Gano has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Giants, going 25-26 in field goal attempts and 17-17 in extra-point attempts.

Last week, Gano set a Giants record by making 22 straight field goal attempts. Currently, he is 4th in the NFL in field goal percentage at 96.2% and is 9th in points with 92. Big Blue wisely signed Gano to a three-year $14 million extension. Gano gives the Giants arguably their most clutch kicker since Lawrence Tynes.

Certainly, losing Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury during this playoff run is not ideal. Jones was able to practice in a limited capacity this week, suggesting that his absence may not be prolonged. The dual-threat that he poses at the quarterback position presents a challenge for opposing defenses to gameplan against. The Giants will need backup Colt McCoy to basically be a game manager this week against the Seattle Seahawks if they hope to win. Luckily, Seattle comes in with the worst pass defense in the league, which should help his cause.

While the Cowboys and Redskins both arguably have easier remaining schedules, the Giants seem to have a better team than both of their division rivals. If they can get past Seattle, the Giants have the Cardinals, Browns, Ravens, and Cowboys remaining. They will need to continue to show improvement if they hope to capture their first division title since 2011.

Should the New York Giants make the playoffs, there are a lot of reasons to believe that they will be a difficult matchup. From their defense, which has performed well thus far and continues to improve, to their young athletic offensive line that seems to be improving each week, to their newly found rushing attack, to their quarterback who is always a threat to tuck it and run or to find an open receiver for a big play, to their clutch weapon in the kicking game, or the bravado that this team brings with new head coach Joe Judge at the helm, this team has shown the ability to hang with some of the best teams in the National Football league and likely is a team that contenders are hoping to avoid a matchup against in the playoffs.

New York Giants: All aboard the Wayne Train

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants are 4-7, sitting atop the lowly NFC East and firmly in the playoff picture. The Giants’ defense has been the true strength of this team. Patrick Graham’s defense has been phenomenal all season long and has kept the Giants in games and even won them games this season.

But the Giants’ offense has improved drastically in recent weeks. After looking like a futile group in the first few weeks of the 2020 NFL season, Jason Garrett’s offense has really turned things around. The key to the offense’s improvement: an efficient running game.

Many presumed the Giants’ offense to be dead after losing Saquon Barkley in the second week of the 2020 NFL season. But, in actuality, the terrible loss of Saquon Barkley has opened things up for the emergence of Wayne Gallman. Gallman was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He struggled to win meaningful reps in the first three seasons of his career. But, in 2020, with Saquon Barkley placed on injured reserve, Wayne Gallman has taken full advantage of his opportunity to flourish.

All Aboard the Wayne Train

Wayne Gallman has provided the Giants’ offense with the exact thing it was missing: efficiency. Gallman might not be the big, home-run hitter that other running backs may be. But Gallman is a strong, patient, and efficient runner that has been very productive as a starter this season.

The Wayne Train has been running at full steam over the past five games. Wayne Gallman has reached the end zone in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a Giants player since Saquon Barkley scored touchdowns in five consecutive games from Sept. 23-Oct. 22, 2018. He is the first Giants player to rush for a touchdown in five consecutive games since Andre Brown had a streak of six straight games in 2012-13 (Giants.com).

Gallman is coming off of a career-day versus Cincinnati in Week 12. Wayne ran for a career-high 94 rushing yards on Sunday on 24 rushing attempts. He also added one rushing touchdown. This is the highest volume of single-game rushing attempts that Gallman has received in his young career and he took full advantage of it.

Wayne Gallman is averaging an impressive 4.0 yards per attempt this season. The Wayne Train has totaled 6 rushing touchdowns this season. Gallman has started each of the last four games for New York and has worked well as the lead back in the Giants’ running back by committee approach with Alfred Morris and Dion Lewis.

Gallman and the Giants’ offense have a tough matchup ahead of them, traveling to Seattle for an afternoon matchup with the Seahawks on Sunday. The Seahawks have a historically bad pass defense. But, their run defense has been one of the best in the NFL this year. Seattle is allowing only 89.3 rushing yards per game this season, the third-lowest average of any team in the league. New York needs more efficient and productive running out of the Wayne Train this week in order to come out of Seattle with an underdog victory.

Why did it take so long for the New York Giants to give Wayne Gallman the reins?

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants have had a revolving door at running back this season, and it was all sparked by Saquon Barkley’s torn ACL in week 2 against the Chicago Bears. Management went out and signed veteran Devonta Freeman, who has also suffered through injuries this season, giving more reps to back-ups Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris. However, quarterback Daniel Jones still managed to lead the team in rushing for a majority of the campaign until the Giants’ offensive line finally began to click.

When left guard will Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19, former Oregon lineman Shane Lemieux was inserted into the starting lineup. While he has struggled in pass protection, his ability to trap and pull to the strong side has been an important part of the Giants’ ability to run the ball the past few weeks.

The New York Giants are keeping their promise, dominating in the run game:

The Giants have gone five consecutive weeks with 100+ rushing yards and two consecutive weeks with 150+ yards on the ground. Gallman has been a massive part of that, racking up 68 yards on 14 carries against Washington in week nine and 53 yards on 18 carries against Philadelphia in week 10. While his yardage numbers might not convince you of his abilities, the Giants have committed to gaining more time of possession and running out the clock on the fourth quarter, which is why his totals are low.

Interestingly, this is the first real opportunity Gallman has earned since his 2017 season with Ben McAdoo. He has already recorded more touchdowns in four weeks this season than he had in his entire career.

But the question I keep asking myself is, why hasn’t Gallman received opportunities before this?

Former running backs coach Craig Johnson had an answer as to why Gallman wasn’t earning any reps back in 2018:

“I can tell you and I would tell Wayne the same thing: We have not had the ball (lately) as much as we’ve had sometimes, especially in the first half we haven’t been able to stay on the field.”

Finally, the former Clemson stand out is earning significant starting time with the offense, and he isn’t letting it go to waste. He has five touchdowns in four weeks and is averaging 4 yards per carry. He has an 81.3% catch rate and hasn’t lost a fumble this year, which has been a problem in the past.

Receiver Sterling Shepard had motivating words for his teammate.

“Wayne and I had a talk whenever it was his week to be the starting back and I told him straight up, ‘This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Go get it,’” Shepard told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve always had faith in Wayne ever since they beat up on us in college, so I’ve seen him run the ball for years now and I couldn’t wait for him to get this opportunity.”

Gearing up to face off against a struggling Cincinnati Bengals team, Gallman is in line to have another solid week. However, the teams only get more difficult after week 12, as the Giants are preparing to play the Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns, and Ravens consecutively. However, even if Freeman makes a return in later weeks, Wayne shouldn’t lose significant carries.

New York Giants: The two RBs backing up Devonta Freeman

The New York Giants responded to the Saquon Barkley injury by signing Devonta Freeman. The former Falcons running back looks to be their starter for the rest of the year as Barkley’s ACL recovers. However, Freeman is one running back in a rotation of multiple. With the team’s best player out, it’s reasonable to assume the Giants will give more touches to their backup backs this year.

Who is manning those backup spots? Largely, that’s one new signing and one player that’s been with the Giants for the past three seasons.

Dion Lewis

Former Patriots and Titans running back Dion Lewis was signed during the offseason by the Giants. At the time, it appeared he was just a backup to Saquon Barkley. In this role, Lewis looked like a pretty good fit. After all, he had rushed for nearly 900 yards during his best season and while his performance fell off more recently, the Giants didn’t need him for a large role.

But Lewis might be getting more touches than expected thanks to the team’s current situation. This may be a chance for him to help revive his career. It’s been trending backwards for the past couple of seasons, but we have yet to see much of Lewis as a Giant.

During the 2019 season he fell from 517 yards to 209 while competing with Derrick Henry. It’s hard to tell just how much of that is because of Lewis himself, though. After all, Henry would be considered stiff competition to any back in the league.

In his two appearances for the Giants, Lewis has 11 rushes and 21 yards so far. Not the greatest numbers, but those may see a change. Lewis hardly would have expected to fill in for Saquon Barkley full time in week two against the Bears, but that’s what ended up happening. Presumably, being more mentally in the game next time will prevent such bad numbers in yards per carry.

Wayne Gallman

The other main option behind Devonta Freeman is Wayne Gallman. Gallman actually predates Barkley but he’s only shown flashes of potential, never starring for the Giants. Still, there’s something impressive about his ability to avoid the cut. Even this season when the Giants brought in Lewis, Gallman was able to keep his job for another year.

With no Barkley in the picture and an unfamiliar free agent as the starter, Gallman may get a chance to touch the ball more – at least to trial his skills and see if he’s worth putting in the rotation. He had 476 rushing yards in 2017 but was never able to repeat the performance as Barkley came in and took over the top spot.

The following seasons, Gallman had 176 and 110 yards. Not enough to stand out, but those numbers have been enough to allow him to keep his job. Gallman only has one carry this season so far, in the opener. That was a 14 yard run, but peculiarly, he received no carries against Chicago even after Barkley was hurt.

Don’t expect Gallman to become the main option – but this season may just be a chance for him to justify his continued presence as a backup.

Joe Judge Settling in to Life Without Saquon Barkley

New York Giants, Devonta Freeman

The New York Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL for the season last Sunday in Chicago and now face the prospect of a running back-by-committee approach.

Then again, whoever holds the hot hand could end up getting the reps.

“He may be the guy for that moment,” head coach Joe Judge told reporters about the hot hand on Thursday. “Maybe he’s the guy for that game plan the way things are working and clicking. But I’d say within every specific game plan, we’re going to always look to use all of the players we have at the game, and make sure we have enough combinations to go ahead and create advantages for ourselves.”

Right now, the Giants have three players that will be vying for reps at running back – Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman and the newly signed Devonta Freeman.

“I think you just use whatever you have on your roster, whether it’s a guy like Saquon, we still have Dion Lewis who we rely heavily on, and Wayne Gallman who we rely heavily on,” said Judge. “Obviously, Saquon’s situation, we all feel for him. He’s going to work his butt off to get back here as fast as possible.

We’re happy to have Devonta. The thing I see with him is he’s a ball guy. You can tell this guy has a lot of passion for the game, he has a lot of experience, he plays hard, he practices hard. I was very impressed yesterday out at practice with the fire he practiced with, the attention to detail, how fast he picked up on a lot of our system. He’s an experienced guy, but sometimes experience in other systems doesn’t always translate over to knowing the alphabet of what you’re doing. But he really did a good job of understanding what we’re doing in practice, being able to get in the huddle, break the huddle, know what to do and do it very effectively. It was very encouraging on day one.”

Time will tell how this all pans out but one thing is for sure, all three can play and all three are currently healthy.

 

 

New York Giants: Positions To Keep An Eye On With Cuts Around The Corner

New York Giants

The New York Giants will set their fifty-three man roster in a week from today. Over this next week, the team will be determining who will stay and who will go. The Giants do have a few positions of need, and they also have few positions of strength. Ahead of camp cuts, which positions are worth keeping a close eye on?

UDFA Wide Receivers

Behind Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate, the Giants have a positional battle at the wide receiver position. Corey Coleman will be competing with a number of rookie wide receivers to win the fourth wide receiver position.

New York has four undrafted free agent wide receivers currently on the roster. Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, and Cody White were all signed by the Giants this offseason. They have all had their fair share of ups and downs in camp, but Victor and Mack have had a few more standout plays.

There are also two other receivers making their names known in camp: David Stills and Alex Bachman. Both players have impressed in practice and could earn themselves a spot on the final roster. For all of these wide receivers, this next week of practice is crucial.